The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision yesterday released guidance intended to assist banks in enhancing their corporate governance frameworks. Principles for enhancing corporate governance provides guidance with respect to such issues as the responsibilities of the board, board qualifications, risk management and internal controls and the board's oversight of a compensation system's design and operation. The document also provides guidance respecting the role of supervisors.

According to the Basel Committee, the principles "address fundamental deficiencies in bank corporate governance that became apparent during the financial crisis." A consultative version of the document was published in March 2010.